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12:26 PM ET, March 19, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
More Bloggers Raising Money.  Here Come The Politics.  And Here Comes My Rant.  —  More blogs are raising venture capital, we're hearing from people they've pitched.  Newcomer Silicon Alley Insider is looking for a $3 - $5 million round, if reports are correct.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
TechCrunch Wants to Merge With Blogosphere, Kill CNET  —  We've argued that there will soon be a big blog-network consolidation wave.  We've argued that big media conglomerates will eventually start scarfing up the leading blog networks.  We've argued that someday TechCrunch might sell to CNET for $100+ million.
Discussion: ben barren
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Company Note: Wrong on All Counts  —  Mike, Despite your apparent cold war with us, all it would have taken you to get the facts is drop me an e-mail.  Instead, you got it wrong on all counts::  TechCrunch reports that our company is looking to raise $2 million to $3 million and that we are also considering selling the company.
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Apple mulls unlimited music bundle  —  Apple is in discussions with the big music companies about a radical new business model that would give customers free access to its entire iTunes music library in exchange for paying a premium for its iPod and iPhone devices.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   iTunes Unlimited: Does Apple really want to mess with a good thing?
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong  —  One Infinite Loop, Apple's street address, is a programming in-joke — it refers to a routine that never ends.  But it is also an apt description of the travails of parking at the Cupertino, California, campus.
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Adobe developing Flash for iPhone  —  Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen has confirmed his company is now working with Apple with a view to offering Flash support on the iPhone.  —  The move follows Apple's release of the iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK).  Narayen, who was speaking during …
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Seeking Alpha:
Adobe Systems Inc. F1Q08 (02/29/2008) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Analysts  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Good day everyone, and welcome to the Adobe first quarter of fiscal year 2008 earnings conference call.  (Operator Instructions).  As a reminder, today's call is being recorded.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Seeking Alpha
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe CEO says Flash apps coming to iPhone
Discussion: Gizmodo and Seeking Alpha
AppleInsider:
Adobe begins work on Flash player for iPhone
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google sees surge in Web use on hot mobile phones  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc has seen an acceleration of Internet activity among mobile phone users in recent months since the company has introduced faster Web services on selected phone models, fueling confidence the mobile Internet era …
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ClickZ:
The Google Conflict: Search Engine or Destination?  —  Google's search results are evolving into destination pages, marking a change in the way marketers and Google itself will have to do business.  —  That assessment was made by several speakers during a Search Engine Strategies …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Google Transformation from Just Search to Destination
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Spreadsheets Adds Gadgets, a Directory of Features  —  Google Spreadsheets, the most mature application from Google's online office suite, has suddenly become much better.  —  Now you can get email notifications when your collaborators make changes or edit some specific cells.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Best Buy Pledges $10 Million to Past HD DVD Buyers; Trade-Ins, Too  —  Apparently, the cost of Best Buy declaring Blu-ray the winner is $10 million—at least, that's how much it plans to give away when it issues a $50 gift card to everyone who bought an HD DVD player or HD DVD Xbox drive before February 23.
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Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Toshiba losing money in HD DVD business
Discussion: Technology Live
John Borland / Technology Review:
The Technology That Toppled Eliot Spitzer  —  Anti-money-laundering software scrutinizes bank customers' every move, no matter how small.  —  If there is a lesson from former New York governor Eliot Spitzer's scandal-driven fall (aside from the most obvious one), it is this …
BBC:
Microsoft releases Vista update  —  Microsoft has released a service update for all versions of its Windows Vista operating system.  —  The computer giant claims that the update improves the stability, security and performance of the software.  —  The update, or service pack …
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Dell reportedly plans to resume handheld device business  —  Dell reportedly plans to resume its handheld device business and the company may team up with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to develop Windows Mobile-based handheld devices, according to market sources in Taiwan.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's Latitude XT2 plans revealed  —  That's Dell's product rendering for its second generation Latitude XT convertible tablet.  Expected in November 2008, the XT2 will ship with Intel's latest Montevina, er “Centrino 2” architecture in your choice of ULV or LV CPUs, new UMA graphics supporting Vista Aero …
Discussion: Crave and GottaBeMobile
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Semantic Hacker One-Million Dollar Challenge  —  Semantic startups and projects are hot right now.  (See Radar Networks, Freebase, Blue Organizer, Hakia, even Yahoo).  But what do you do if you are a little-known technology company in Rochester, New York with a powerful semantic-analysis engine …
Discussion: The Semantic Web and hakia Blog
 
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Facebook Adds New Privacy Tools
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Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Western Digital Introduces New 640GB Drives
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Design for Google Japan
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Indian Cell Population: 246 Million and Counting
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Unstrung
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Sizing up the NVIDIA-VIA acquisition rumors
Discussion: DigiTimes and Gadgetell
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
UPDATE 3-Alibaba seeks buyers for Yahoo-owned stake—source
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft releases ‘near final’ hypervisor for Windows Server
Discussion: Inquirer, Bink.nu and WinBeta
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sony Ericsson Warns: Mobile Phone Demand Softening
Discussion: Market Wire, Electronista and Crave
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Using Friendfeed's Imaginary Friends as a Master Aggregator
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Assessing success in the FCC's 700MHz auction
Discussion: deal architect and Gearlog
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
5 Ways To Have Fun with Twitter When You're Bored
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Opera for Helio Ocean gets official
Tod / PhysOrg.com:
Logo Can Make You ‘Think Different’  —  Whether you are a Mac person …
Discussion: MacUser and Slashdot
Royal Pingdom:
Apache dominates the top 100 websites, IIS still far behind
Discussion: The Register
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Exclusive: Blogdigger Acquired by Odeo